Click here to read recent statements from Pope Francis regarding the shootings in our country.“Things must change. Once again, we call for effective legislation that addresses why these unimaginable and repeated occurrences of murderous gun violence continue to take place in our communities.”
Click here to read the joint statement of Bishops from three committees at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
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Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati offered the following statement: “It is with a heavy heart that we turn to the Lord in prayer on this Sunday. As tragic and violent shootings continue in our country – yesterday in El Paso, Texas, and overnight in our own community of Dayton, Ohio – I ask for everyone of faith to join in prayer for the victims and their loved ones. May we, the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, in unity petition our Blessed Mother to intercede for our families and neighbors to know the peace and healing of Jesus, her Son.”
Bishop Nelson Perez of Cleveland offered the following statement: “Once again hearts across America are joined together in collective mourning for the victims of the horrific shooting that occurred on Saturday, August 3 at a shopping complex in El Paso, Texas. We pray for those who lost their lives, the wounded, and their families. We pray, too, for the El Paso community and the first responders whose bravery prevented further bloodshed. We also remember in prayer the people of Gilroy, California who endured a similar shooting attack earlier this week at an outdoor event where people died and others were wounded.
We implore all people of goodwill, especially our legislative leaders, to work together to find meaningful solutions to the scourge of gun violence in our society today.
Together we pray that the God of all Goodness and Mercy dispel the darkness of evil in our land and grant us His peace. May He provide light where there is darkness, love where there is hate, and kindness where there is contempt.”
Bishop Perez spoke again after Dayton: “Just hours after we learned the details of the horrific shooting incident in El Paso, Texas we now mourn the loss of innocent lives in our home state, in the city of Dayton. Again and again we are stunned by this unthinkable violence and loss of life. We pray for our sisters and brothers in Dayton, for those who died, for those who were injured and their families. We remember those first responders who bravely entered into harm’s way to protect others.
I add my voice to those of Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Bishop Frank Dewane, Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development who point out that “the plague that gun violence has become continues unchecked and spreads across our country. Something remains fundamentally evil in our society when locations where people congregate to engage in the everyday activities of life can, without warning, become scenes of violence and contempt for human life.”
“Things must change. Once again, we call for effective legislation that addresses why these unimaginable and repeated occurrences of murderous gun violence continue to take place in our communities. As people of faith, we continue to pray for all the victims, and for healing in all these stricken communities. But action is also needed to end these abhorrent acts.”